Actor, film-maker and activist, Farhan Akhtar, grew up under the influence of the film industry. Farhan has made a name for himself inside and out of the Bollywood industry receiving acclaim for portraying modern youth.
Farhan has brought his campaign of gender equality and freedom of expression to various educational institutions and national and international platforms to emphasize the need to free women to safety and to drive home the message that women need to be respected.
Farhan Akhtar is our headlining act this March.
Often hailed as India’s biggest cultural & musical export, Raghu Dixit’s unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language. His music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture and is presented with a very contemporary, global sound. From playing to over 100,000 people in his home state to every big music festival in India, from Glastonbury, to the BBC to even playing for the Queen of England and the entire Royal Family, Raghu Dixit seems to have done quite a bit!
Performing at SOF Raghu wishes to explore the connections between music and freedom. Being free to use artistic expressions to evoke emotion and thought and through this choose to live freely without fear of discrimination.
Described, as the terror twins of Funk and Swing Madboy/Mink is the collaboration between Imaad Shah and Saba Azad. Based out of Mumbai, India, they have in a short time gained notoriety for their electric live sets, both at big festival stages as well as underground parties across the country. Mashing up dirty disco, funk and old-school swing there is a heavy emphasis on live performance. The electronic energy on record is reproduced live on stage using a combination of live synths, guitars, soulfully destroyed samples and a Harlem speakeasy vocal style creating a post-mod electro cabaret experience.
Performing at SOF is in keeping with their keenness to perform in front of an audience rather that make it available on the Internet. Their songs which are observations about life especially about giving respect to women are written and presented in such a way that allows listeners to interpret it for themselves.
Tritha Electric is a psychedelic/fusion rock band from Paris and New Delhi. Formed in 2010 by Tritha Sinha (vocals) and Paul Schneiter (drums), with the later addition of Tony Guinard (bass) and Mathias Durand (electric guitar). Playing an explosive blend of psychedelic rock, inspired by the German “Krautrock” of the 1970s, and of Indian Classical and folk melodies, the band has played over 100 concerts across 3 continents during the 18-month tour which followed the release of the debut LP PaGLi in 2014.
Performing at SOF is close to this band’s heart as Freedom,Women empowerment and related women awareness issues have generated a lot interest in their songs. PaGLI is about the metamorphosis of the Indian classical woman to a free, modern global individual ready to meet the world.
The Kutle Khan Project is a unique collective of Rajasthani folk musicians highlighting Kutle Khan, a multi-talented folk musician who has performed on various stages across the world; his music is as seductive as it is rhythmically complex and culturally celebrative. He embodies the rich melodic and sophisticated rhythmic traditions of Rajasthani folk music, and his performances are informed by his understanding of contemporary Indian and Western musical traditions, a perfect part of our socially charged lineup.
As part of the Sakthi Centre, Dindigul Drummers stands for the Centre’s goal to empower young women so that they may arrive at a healthy self-esteem. Emancipation of all people is their vision. Women are made to discover and develop their full potential and gain a new understanding of their lives. And thus become responsible and productive members of society. Training them in various skills help these women achieve freedom and confidence.
Training programs using folk music, folk dances and folk instruments are based on themes like Women’s liberation, Communal harmony, Human Rights, Health, Empowerment and Environment.
Performing at SOF is a reinforcement of their efforts to awaken women to the many forms of discrimination they face in society and enable them to stand up against oppression and discrimination.
For Amity students and staffs it's free, but please carry your ID card to get yourself registered at the venue.
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